Proverbs 26:14

ESV As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.
NIV As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
NASB As the door turns on its hinges, So does a lazy one on his bed.
CSB A door turns on its hinges, and a slacker, on his bed.
NLT As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed.
KJV As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

What does Proverbs 26:14 mean?

A door can swing back and forth on its hinges, but it never goes anywhere. Solomon (Proverbs 25:1) makes the same comment about the lazy person who lies in bed all day. They repeat the motion of turning over, without leaving their place, much like a hinged door.

Although sleep is beneficial, too much sleep can be detrimental. Psalm 4:8 attributes sleep to the Lord's safekeeping of the psalmist. The psalmist writes: "In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 127:2 sees a good night's rest as a gift from the Lord, but Proverbs 20:13 warns against too much sleep. It says flatly, "Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread." There is a time to sleep and a time to work.
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